16 days in Mexico Itinerary

16 days in Mexico Itinerary

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16 days in Mexico Itinerary

Start: Playa del Carmen
Drive:  2 h 45 min
1
Sian Ka'an
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
2
Mahahual
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
3
Bacalar
— 2 nights
Drive:  45 min
4
Chetumal
— 2 nights
Drive:  5 h 45 min
5
Campeche
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
6
Progreso
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 45 min
7
El Cuyo
— 1 night
Travel:  3 h
8
Holbox Island
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  7 h 15 min
End: Playa del Carmen

2
nights
Sian Ka'an

Sian Ka'an ©
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Sian Ka'an trip builder website .

Playa del Carmen to Sian Ka'an is an approximately 3-hour car ride. You'll set off for Mahahual on the 15th (Fri).

Things to do in Sian Ka'an

Parks Wildlife
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Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve ©
Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve

2
nights
Mahahual

A growingly popular destination on Mexico's Caribbean coast, for most of its history Mahahual remained a tiny fishing village well off the beaten path.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then enjoy the sand and surf at Mahahual Beach, and then look for gifts at Colleen's Magnetic Jewelry. Keep things going the next day: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then enjoy the sand and surf at Maya Chan Beach, and then go for a stroll along the water at Costa Maya Port.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Mahahual trip maker .

Explore your travel options from Sian Ka'an to Mahahual with the Route module. November in Mahahual sees daily highs of 88°F and lows of 69°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Bacalar.

Things to do in Mahahual

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Costa Maya Port ©
Costa Maya Port
Mahahual Beach ©
Mahahual Beach

2
nights
Bacalar

Bacalar ©
Bacalar is the municipal seat and largest city in Bacalar Municipality (until 2011 a part of Othón P. Start off your visit on the 17th (Sun): take an in-depth tour of Fuerte de San Felipe and then explore the activities along Lake Bacalar. On the 18th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area and then make a trip to Cocalitos.

To find out how to plan a trip to Bacalar, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Mahahual to Bacalar takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Bacalar are 88°F, while nighttime lows are 69°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Chetumal.

Things to do in Bacalar

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Lake Bacalar ©
Lake Bacalar
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Fuerte de San Felipe ©
Fuerte de San Felipe

2
nights
Chetumal

Chetumal is a city on the east coast of the Yucatán Peninsula in Mexico. On the 19th (Tue), get outside with Outdoor Activities. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at El Malecon de Chetumal and then delve into the distant past at Dzibanche.

To find maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Chetumal trip itinerary website .

Traveling by car from Bacalar to Chetumal takes an hour. In November in Chetumal, expect temperatures between 88°F during the day and 69°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to travel to Campeche.

Things to do in Chetumal

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Scuba & Snorkeling
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Dzibanche ©
Dzibanche

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Campeche

Campeche ©
Campeche holidays draw a growing number of visitors interested in discovering a historical fairyland that stands in stark contrast with Cancun and the Maya Rivera on the opposite side of the Peninsula.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Thu): steep yourself in history at Puerta de Tierra and then steep yourself in history at Zona Arquelogica Edzna. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Campeche, get to know the fascinating history of Campeche Waterfront Promenade, then take an in-depth tour of Centro Cultural "El Palacio" (Museo de Fortificaciones, Comercio y Navegación), and finally wander the streets of Centro Historico de San Francisco de Campeche.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Campeche online trip planner .

You can drive from Chetumal to Campeche in 6 hours. Expect a daytime high around 88°F in November, and nighttime lows around 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Progreso.

Things to do in Campeche

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Zona Arquelogica Edzna ©
Zona Arquelogica Edzna
Puerta de Tierra ©
Puerta de Tierra
Campeche Waterfront Promenade ©
Campeche Waterfront Promenade

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night
Progreso

Progreso ©
Progreso is a port city in the Mexican state of Yucatán, located on the Gulf of Mexico in the north-west of the state some 30 minutes north of state capital Mérida (the biggest city on the Yucatán Peninsula) by highway. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): stroll through Reserva Ecologica El Corchito and then explore the ancient world of Xcambo. Here are some ideas for day two: get great views at Mirador Charcas de Sisal and then head outdoors with Luna Lunera Beach Garden.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Progreso online itinerary planner .

You can drive from Campeche to Progreso in 3 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 86°F, and evening lows to 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to travel to El Cuyo.

Things to do in Progreso

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Xcambo, Mirador Charcas de Sisal
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Luna Lunera Beach Garden ©
Luna Lunera Beach Garden
Mirador Charcas de Sisal ©
Mirador Charcas de Sisal

1
night
El Cuyo

El Cuyo
Start off your visit on the 25th (Mon): stroll through El Cuyo Beaches.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our El Cuyo journey builder tool .

Traveling by car from Progreso to El Cuyo takes 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Holbox Island.

Things to do in El Cuyo

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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3
nights
Holbox Island

Holbox Island ©
Start off your visit on the 26th (Tue): add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, browse the exhibits of La Choza de Fito, then contemplate the waterfront views at Yalahau Lagoon, and finally stop by Lolita Boutique Holbox. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Punta Coco Beach and then head off the coast to Holbox Island.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Holbox Island travel app .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from El Cuyo to Holbox Island. In November, daily temperatures in Holbox Island can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Holbox Island

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Yalahau Lagoon ©
Yalahau Lagoon
Holbox Island ©
Holbox Island
Kayaking & Canoeing

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